Friday, February 23, 2007
Speech by SEC Staff: The Promise of Transparency — Corporation Finance in 2007 by John W. White
Director, Division of Corporation Finance U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 29th Annual Conference on Securities Regulation and Business Law Dallas, Texas February 23, 2007
In this speech, Mr. White outlines the initiatives of Corporation Finance, including: foreign private issuer deregistration (working hard on proposed rule because of June 30 deadline when some foreign private issuers will have to file 404 reports); guidance to management on required assessments under SOX section 404; e-proxy; executive compensation disclosure (waiting, like everyone else, to see the results of the new rules); process access (the "elephant in the room" after the 2d Cir. AIG opinion); international financial standards; interactive data; PIPEs; Restatementsand Item 4.02 of Form 8_K; and Small Business Capital Raising and Private Offering Reform (the "long-lost uncle" in the course of being found again). Well-worth reading for anyone wanting to keep up-to-date on the staff's thinking.